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04/05/2010

Vegansaurus NYC: The V Spot  »

Sometimes I’m weird and I don’t get wordplay right off the bat. What I’m getting at is I went to this restaurant before I got the G-spot pun, FYI. But I’m glad I went because it was muy delish!

You see, I moved to Brooklyn from San Francisco on Saturday, and boy are my arms tired! But seriously folks, I now have to totally reorient myself in a new vegan-friendly city. Turns out, right in Park Slope—my new ‘hood!—there’s a lovely little all-vegan restaurant: The V Spot! So my dear omnivore brother and I decided to go there for brunch.

When we got there it was pretty empty and we were concerned that it sucked, but it was only empty because everyone was sitting on the lovely back patio! The patio was bumping as it was a very nice day. The V Spot specializes in “latin cuisine” (“latin cuisine” makes me think of bacchanals and olive branches, btw) and for brunch they were serving breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros, and other such things. They also had straight-up tofu scramble and even pancakes. My brother got the burrito and I got the tofu scramble with a pancake on the side. They ALSO have an all-you-can-drink mimosa special for $10 during brunch, which of course we got; we would basically be losing money if we didn’t! That’s what I like to call “economics.”

The mimosas were good, duh. My brother loved the breakfast burrito and declared, “I’ll come here ANY time!” Quite a win. I liked the tofu scramble; it was your basic yellow tofu scramble with broccoli, peppers and onions in it. The home fries were decent and the vegan sausage was great. The pancake was excellent! I might have to get them for the main dish next time—you can add blueberries, chocolate chips, bananas, oh my! Then the next time I go, I’ll get the huevos rancheros! Let’s just plan my whole life now! Because I need some direction.

One thing to warn you about: service was SLOW, with a capital GODDAMN. We had to ask for the mimosas twice, my toast twice, my tea twice, etc. It seemed like there was only one waiter for all the tables. It was Easter so maybe they couldn’t get anyone else to work or something. The main dishes came out on their own but for everything else, I suggest you ask twice—that seemed to be the trick to it. I’ll tell you though, it really hinders your all-you-can-drink mimosa experience.

Oh, I almost forgot my favorite part of the restaurant! The sign in the window for when they’re closed says, “Sorry vegans, we’re closed.” And the sign for when they’re open says, “Sorry carnivores, we’re open!” Haaaaaaaaaaaaa. I am a fan of this sign.

10/17/2008

Review: Boogaloo’s!  »

Laura is out of town for the weekend and I am taking over her review duties for the day. As the token omnivore of the VeganSaurus gang, my view is mostly as someone who really likes food and as someone who is always looking for places where my vegan BFFs can feast along with me. Here is my first installment!

Suggest brunch to a vegan friend and their eyes get a little shifty. Oh no, they think, I will be dragged to yet another restaurant where they will feast on decadent eggs benedict and a menu full of dead animal everywhere and I will have to yet again make a meal of french fries and a fruit plate. And I know that my co-blogger gave Herbivore somewhat high marks for their vegan brunch, but this equal-opportunity lover of foods just can’t take their dry tofu scramble. So, where are we to go where we can all leave fat and sleepy and happy on a Sunday afternoon?

My answer: Boogaloo’s!
Boogaloo’s has quite a few things going for it in the vegan department: you can make any number of interesting and wonderful tofu scrambles—I like the tofu scramble with a side of avocado and their tasty ranchero sauce, which is not too spicy even for a wuss like me. Instead of regular toast, you can make this a little mini breakfast burrito and do it up with a side of corn tortillas. And for the ultimate brunch, you slap on a side of the “fake stake,” a big ass-piece of seitan. I’ve ordered this many times at Boogaloo’s and never ever, ever feel like I’m missing anything,and I’m an omnivore so my diet consists mostly of cheeseburgers and Doritos. (I kid! I also eat french fries and drink coffee).

What about the potatoes, you ask? What about them, indeed. Apparently, the home fries are not vegan, the cooks inexplicably throw butter in towards the end. Urban legend has it that if you go on certain days, they may be able to make you a vegan batch, but don’t take our word for it. Most of the staff here is endlessly inked and in skinny jeans, and as you would expect are well versed in what is vegan and isn’t, so ask away, vegan bruncher!

Finally, we have mimosas! If you crave excitement (and lord knows we do) try out their mimosas with grapefruit juice—they have a cute name for this, a “cyprus”—or if you want to be boring, just have with orange juice.

A warning: Boogaloo’s is one of those places in town that always, always has a line. They give away free coffee while you wait (or if you’re fancy and like to waste money, go across the street to Ritual Roasters and get yourself something with some latte art) and you can also watch the parade of intense fashion don’ts. Who knew that skirts were now optional when wearing tights? I didn’t. If food can’t bring you and your friends together, surely making fun of people can. And so, we love Boogaloo’s!

[photo by Allen Ferguson]

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